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This blog is maintained by the staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center and features highlights from the collections at DigitalNC, an online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina.

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Viewing entries posted in January 2017

Additional issues of the Wake Forest Student now online


A poem from volume 24 issue 5 of the Wake Forest Student

New issues of the Wake Forest Student from our partner Wake Forest University are now upon DigitalNC. These issues are from 1900-1906, and  join the previously digitized issues from 1892-1900.

The Wake Forest Student is a literary magazine that was started in 1882 by the Euzelian Society at Wake Forest University. This magazine contains stories, poems, and essays by local authors, reprints of well-known stories and poems, and editorials and news items specific to Wake Forest University.

One recurring section, “In and About college”, lists sentiments and happenings around campus in successions of increasingly long statements. Included are updates on what faculty, staff, and students have been up to, facilities renovations and information, and recounts of special events. While this section always starts off with a few words on each subject, it ends in longer and longer paragraphs about Wake Forest happenings.

To learn more about Wake Forest University, visit their partner page, or take a look at their website.


The beginning of an “in and about college” section from volume 24 issue 4 of the Wake Forest Student


A view into school segregation: Durham City Schools Slide Collection now online


Elementary school class portrait on steps of an unidentified building

The William Franklin Warren Durham City School Slide Collection, featuring almost 600 lantern and Kodachrome slides, is now available on DigitalNC. This collection is from Durham County Library, and show images of Durham city schools, both White and African-American, from the 1930s and 1940s. The slides include images of classroom scenes, school celebrations, exterior shots of school buildings, a high school class trip to Williamsburg and Richmond, VA, group portraits of sports teams, portraits of teachers and school administrators, and more.  Schools highlighted include Hillside High School and Durham High School, as well as many elementary and junior high schools that no longer exist.  Rosenwald schools are also featured in the images.  In addition there are slides from various school presentations that report district valuations and statistics, and images of other locations in Durham such Duke University, downtown Durham, mills and factories, the Durham Athletic Park, and residential neighborhoods, including Hope Valley. These slides provide rich documentation of segregated Durham school life through the Great Depression and World War II.


Elementary school students taking care of class rabbits

The slides were most likely taken by William Franklin “Frank” Warren (1887-1979), the superintendent of Durham city schools from 1933-1947. In the early twentieth century, Durham’s schools were organized in two separate systems, the county schools and the city schools. Durham city schools originated with the establishment of a graded school system in 1882, with the first white graded school opening in 1882 followed by the first black graded school in 1885. As elsewhere in the South, the schools at this time were segregated.


Durham High School girls’ gym class

Click here to browse all of the slides in this collection, and here to take a look at Durham County Library’s finding aid. Learn more about Durham County Library by visiting their partner page or website.


Students studying at the library

Additions to the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection from Durham County Library

More funeral programs and obituaries that are part of the R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection are now on DigitalNC. This collection is housed in the the Durham County Library North Carolina Collection. R. Kelly Bryant (1917-2015) was a historian with an extensive knowledge of Durham, North Carolina who collected the stories of thousands of African American residents told through funeral programs and obituaries. The collection is organized alphabetically by surnames, and this batch includes the names Keith through McLean, which means collectively the names Adams through McLean are now available on DigitalNC.

Included in this batch is the funeral program for Jean Hopkins Lucas (1935-2007), the first African American woman to serve in North Carolina’s state Senate. Also included are the funeral programs for civil rights activists Floyd McKissick (1922-1991) and Evelyn Williams McKissick (1923-2004). There are countless amazing stories and tributes captured in this collection, making it a great source for research.

To learn more about R. Kelly Bryant and his archival collection at Durham County Library, visit their finding aid. To see all of the digitally available programs and obituaries, visit the  R. Kelly Bryant Obituary Collection exhibit page.

Also please take a look at other materials from the Durham County Library that are up on DigitalNC by visiting their partner page.